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10 days

A touch of Cambodia

Feel the essence of Cambodia at the Angkor Wat temple complex and the contrast to the historic capital Phnom Penh by the Mekong River. Combine with a beach holiday or with another tour.

A touch of Cambodia A touch of Cambodia
10 days

A touch of Cambodia

Feel the essence of Cambodia at the Angkor Wat temple complex and the contrast to the historic capital Phnom Penh by the Mekong River. Combine with a beach holiday or with another tour.

Why choose this tour

  • Experience the essence of Cambodia at the iconic Angkor Wat Temple complex, Tonle Sap Lake and the contrast to the capital Phnom Penh by the Mekong River, with the Royal Palace and the Killing Fields
  • You get a good balance of days with a packed itinerary and days where you are free to choose whether you want to explore the area on your own or purchase extra excursions
  • The option to extend the tour to include a beach holiday in Kep or on the paradise island of Koh Rong
  • The tour can easily be combined with one of our other tours, in Vietnam or Laos, for example

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

With 4 nights in Siem Reap and 3 nights in Phnom Penh, you will experience the essence of Cambodia spiced with beautiful scenery on the tour between Cambodia’s two most important cities.

In charming, laid-back Siem Reap, you can look forward to the world-class attraction: the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple complex as well as the UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Thom. Discover South-east Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap, an important part of Cambodia’s pantry with abundant wildlife including more than 300 fish species and 100 bird species. You visit the local fishing communities in the floating villages with their characteristic colourful houses built on long stilts.

On the drive to Phnom Penh, you pass through beautiful countryside with rice fields and plantations. The famous Mekong River runs through the capital Phnom Penh, which buzzes with life with its bustling markets, busy boulevards and a wealth of shops, cafés and restaurants. Discover the fascinating mix of French colonial style, modern skyscrapers, pagodas with pointed towers and the beautiful royal palace. A lovely yet moving day await you, when you will come a tad closer to understanding Cambodian culture and history with a visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S-21, a museum about the Khmer Rouge genocide, and Choeung Ek also known as the “Killing Fields”.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flight from the UK to Siem Reap and home from Phnom Penh
  • 7 nights at good hotels, including breakfast
  • Local English-speaking guide on transfers, excursions and tours
  • Travelling in an air-conditioned minibus, bus or car
  • All transfers and excursions mentioned are in small groups of up to 14 people, and Asiatours’ own guests only
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants
  • Option to extend the tour to include a beach holiday in Kep or on the island Koh Rong

Extensive excursion package:

  • The Angkor Wat temple complex and sunset over Angkor at one of the temples
  • The ruin city of Angkor Thom with the Bayon and Phimeanakas and Ta Prohm temples as well as the Terrace of the Elephants
  • Tonle Sap Lake and the floating villages
  • Full-day sightseeing in Phnom Penh, taking in the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S-21 and the Killing Fields
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from selected airport

Today you will fly to Siem Reap with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Siem Reap

Upon your arrival at the airport in Siem Reap, you go through immigration. After picking up your luggage, you head out into the arrivals hall, where you will be met by a guide holding up an Asiatours sign with your name on it. After a short, 15-minute transfer to your hotel, you’ve got time to unwind after your flight, and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Siem Reap and the area around it have lots to offer, and a cosy, chilled atmosphere prevails here. The shady trees on the banks of the Siem Reap River are conducive to a stroll, and at the Royal Gardens, the royal residence is flanked by temples and beautiful colonial buildings.

In the evening, things liven up in Pub Street, which, lined with restaurants and bars, is the natural gathering point. In the quiet area along the river, you will find the city’s top restaurants. You will no doubt feel the warmth of the welcoming, proud Cambodian people from the very first day.

Day 3: Full-day sightseeing including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom at Siem Reap

A big day awaits you today in the form of one of the great wonders of the world: the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex and the ruin city of Angkor Thom, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will be picked up from the hotel and driven 5 km outside the city where the major sights are located. As the temple area is quite large, the car accompanies you all day, so you are driven the longer distances from place to place, but you will be dropped off by the guide so that you can view all the sights on foot. The ruins and temples are scenically situated in an area surrounded by jungle and a moat. It’s really peaceful here and like stepping into a whole new world.

The first stop is the 12 km-long city wall by Angkor Thom’s beautiful south gate and moat, where it is always lovely and green, even in the dry season. Angkor Thom means the “great city” and it was the largest city of the Khmer Empire. The wall was built in the late 12th century. Further on at Bayon, one of the main temples, an impressive sight awaits in the form of countless smiling Buddha faces. At the 350-metre-long Terrace of the Elephants, you can picture the king standing and surveying his troops and enjoying various ceremonies and performances. The Terrace of the Elephants is thus named due to all its sandstone carvings of elephants. You see the king’s private temple, the pyramid-shaped Phimeanakas, which means “Celestial Palace”. Finally, you visit the famous Ta Prohm temple, made unique by the beautiful, large trees that have taken root in the temple buildings, becoming as one.

To avoid the hottest time in the middle of the day, you will then be driven back to Siem Reap for a lunch break. After a much-needed rest, it’s time to explore one of the world’s biggest religious monuments and the best-preserved temple in Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Most people are blown away by the spectacular temple comprising three levels, crowned by the 5 towers, which are shaped like the buds of the lotus flower. In the inner courtyards and vaulted walkways, you can admire the endless friezes and stunning carvings. The upper level of the temple affords a fantastic view of the area. You end the day with the sunset over one of the temples in Angkor, where you can digest the unforgettable impressions of the day.

Day 4: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake and the floating villages

After breakfast, you can look forward to a morning by South-east Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap, located 15 km south of Siem Reap. What makes this lake special is, among other things, its size, which varies from 3,000 km² in the dry season to 10,000 km² in the rainy season. Tonle Sap is a hugely important resource for Cambodia with its vast pantry and abundant wildlife including more than 300 fish species and 100 bird species.

The excursion takes you first by car and then by boat to one of the many fishing villages around the lake, where you have the opportunity to go for a walk through the village, stop and see how life is lived by the many families whose primary source of income is fishing. They live in the characteristic colourful houses built on long stilts, allowing them to cope with the high water level in the rainy season, when the narrow streets in the village are transformed into small canals. In the dry season, when the water level is low, the long stilts are in full view. Depending on the water level, you will either visit the fishing village Kampong Phluk or Kampong Khleang.

At midday, you will be back in Siem Reap and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please or you can purchase one of our exciting extra excursions.

Day 5: The day is yours to do whatever you please in Siem Reap

The day is yours to relax by the pool, explore the city or purchase one of our extra excursions.

On a stroll around the city, you will come across small temples with gold roofs and the finest of gardens in the side streets. A visit to the Royal Gardens, a little park located directly opposite the royal residence, is also recommended. Have a break and sit yourself down at one of the many cosy cafés and restaurants and watch life go by in the city.

Day 6: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

You will be picked up from the hotel and start the trip to Cambodia’s vibrant and historic capital Phnom Penh. Along the way, you can enjoy the scenic landscapes with rice fields and plantations. A stop is made in the town of Skuon at the market famous for selling special Cambodian delicacies, such as deep-fried spiders. Cambodians travel from far and wide to this market to enjoy their favourite dishes. Traditionally, they eat virtually everything, and here you also get the opportunity to enjoy the sight of them or buy yourself a taster.

Phnom Penh is located in the confluence of the 3 rivers: the Mekong, the Bassac and the Tonle Sap. The city buzzes with life, with bustling markets, busy boulevards, cosy little streets with shops and a host of cafés and restaurants. Discover the wonderful mix of French colonial style, modern skyscrapers, pagodas with pointed towers and the beautiful royal palace.

When you get to Phnom Penh, the rest of the day is yours to do as you wish.

Total driving time, including breaks and stops: around 5 hours

Day 7: Phnom Penh, taking in the Royal Palace, S-21 and the Killing Fields

On today’s full-day sightseeing excursion, a lovely yet moving day awaits you, when you will come a tad closer to understanding Cambodian culture and history.

After breakfast, the tour starts off with a visit to the city’s iconic royal palace with gold-plated roofs and a fine park where the current king lives. The visit includes the coronation hall and the silver pagoda.

The tour then heads to Wat Phnom Pagoda, which is located on a small tree-covered hilltop and the city’s main temple. The Cambodians flock here to pray for good luck in life’s big events.  No visit to Phnom Penh is complete without a visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S-21, a museum about the Khmer Rouge genocide. S-21 stands for Security Prison 21 and is the prison set up in 1975 to incarcerate opponents of Pol Pot’s regime.

The day ends with a powerful and moving experience at Choeung Ek also known as the “Killing Fields”. The hilly terrain of Choeung Ek, 15 km outside Phnom Penh, holds the mass graves of the 17,000+ people murdered by the Khmer Rouge. After the visit, you head back to your hotel.

Day 8: The day is yours to do whatever you please in Phnom Penh

There is no scheduled itinerary today, and you are free to decide whether you want to relax, explore Phnom Penh on your own or purchase one of our extra excursions.

You might like to stroll along the promenade along the Mekong River, shop in the quaint streets with their small shops, visit the National Museum, the large Phsar Thmey “New Market” indoor market, or simply soak in the atmosphere at the many cafés and restaurants.

Day 9: Homeward bound

You will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport in Phnom Penh, from which you will fly home with connecting flight(s) on the way. Alternatively, when booking, you can extend the tour to include either a beach holiday on the paradise island of Koh Rong or at the coastal town of Kep.

Day 10: Arrival back home

You land at the selected airport after a lovely holiday.

Choose from the options below
Combine with

Beach holiday extension on the island of Koh Rong, 3 nights

Round off your tour with a beach holiday on the beautiful Cambodian island of Koh Rong (78 km²), located a mere 40–60-minute boat ride from Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand, off the south-west coast of Cambodia.

When you go ashore on Koh Rong, you will be greeted by white sandy beaches, turquoise water, swaying palm trees, with the jungle as its backdrop. It is simply stunning here – a veritable little paradise far from tourism’s beaten track.

We are located on the quiet south-western side of the island at Long Beach, also known as Sok San Beach, which has one of the island’s finest sandy beaches. You will stay at a resort right on the beach, where you can enjoy the sun setting over the sea from the shore. Spend the days relaxing, swimming and with the sand between your toes, or you can take advantage of the many opportunities for activities such as snorkelling, diving, cycling, fishing, walks in the jungle, kayaking or a day excursion with island-hopping to the neighbouring island of Koh Rong Sanloem.

Most of the island is covered in jungle, so you mainly get about on foot, by motorcycle or by water. There are many different exotic species of trees such as teak and fig, as well as abundant animals and birds, including monkeys and buffaloes. In the sea, there are tropical fish and corals, while the tropical climate provides average temperatures of 27–30 degrees all year round. The best time to visit Koh Rong is from November to April, as the rainy season is from May to October.

You can extend the beach holiday with additional nights, just as you please.

The transfer time between Phnom Penh and Koh Rong is around 6 hours including the boat ride.

Beach holiday extension in Kep, 3 nights

In south-west Cambodia, near the border with Vietnam, lies the coastal town of Kep. The town is a tantalising mix of French Indochina, Asian and French food and a peaceful, tropical seaside resort with a lovely 1 km long sandy beach on the Gulf of Thailand. Kep’s heyday began in the French colonial era in the 1930s and lasted until the Khmer Rouge assumed power in the 1970s, after which the town slipped into oblivion. Today, many of the old French villas are in rather a sorry state but still tell a story, while some have been beautifully restored and converted into hotels offering French elegance and Cambodian hospitality. In the elongated town, which does not have a centre as such, you will find a good selection of restaurants and cafés offering great food and drinks.

Kep is also known for its wonderful seafood, especially the delicious crabs, which you will find, among other things, at the fish and crab markets. In the green, lush hinterland with its exotic mountains and jungle, you can visit Kep National Park, which has abundant flora and fauna. Follow routes of different lengths along small paths and enjoy the beautiful flora, wonderful birds, playful monkeys and some amazing vantage points along the way.

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